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elizabeth wenger. >> i'm brian hackney. frank and michelle are off today. grief-stricken newtown, connecticut has begun laying to rest the littlest victims of the sandy hook shootings starting with two 6-year-old boys. first we go live to cbs reporter randall pinkston in newtown with the latest on the investigation. good afternoon, randall. >> reporter: connecticut police say the locations of the shooting sandy hook elementary school and the home where adam lanza lived with his mother are crime investigation scenes. authorities are engaged in an intense investigation trying to find as much information as they can about what led to friday's horrific crime. people sobbed and held each other as they arrived for 6- year-old jack pinto's funeral one of 26 to be held in this community over the coming days. noah pozner will also be laid to rest today. elisa doesn't know the families but plans to attend. >> we just want to be there for
the families. i think they're inconsolable. i would be. >> reporter: police say the people died after 20-year-old adam lanza shot his way into their school friday morning. investigators are searching for a motive. >> there are many, many witnesses that need to be interviewed. we will not stop until we have interviewed every last one of them. >> reporter: people in newtown say it will take time to recover from this tragedy but they take comfort knowing there were several heroes who saved so many young lives. president obama praised their courage at a community vigil last night. >> in the face of indescribeable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you have looked out for each other. >> reporter: 27-year-old victoria soto died shielding some of her first graders from the bullets. >> she is truly a hero. [ crying ] and it's very likely because of her that our son is with us today. >> reporter: school officials say the surviving students won't have to return to the
sandy hook elementary school building anytime soon. they will attend classes at another location. as the grieving continues, efforts are under way to resalvage some semblance of normalcy. we have seen moving vans down this road transferring materials from sandy hook elementary school to the new location where the children will eventually be going back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> randall, i wanted to ask you in the aftermath of this one of the things that's come up is gun control and the suggestion that maybe we need to take meaningful measures. with respect to that, do you hear much of that from the parents of these children or from the people in the community? is that something that they seem to be advocating? >> reporter: two points. first of all, newtown is a community that has two shooting ranges here, shooting is very popular, gun ownership is something that a lot of people want to maintain. what we are also hearing not so much about gun control when i was doing interviews this
morning. they say that attention must be paid to mental health, providing mental health screening and services for people who need it especially young people who are obviously very troubled, whatever adam lanza's life was about, at some point, there was -- had to have been some mental issues. so they -- people need to be given assistance. >> absolutely. seems to be part of the equation. that's randall pinkston in newtown, connecticut. thank you. on the agenda today for many parents and schools all across the country is a lesson now in coping. and it's a topic that many never imagine they would have to discuss with children, some as young as 5. we go to cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran who joins us live with how one bay area school district is handling this very sensitive issue. good afternoon, cate. >> reporter: good afternoon, elizabeth. now, the san francisco unified school district leaders say they understand this is a difficult day for everybody. for some parents, the hardest
part of the day was simply letting go of their children's hands as they went to school. time you do -- every time you do it there's a little twinge. but they love it here and they feel safe. so we're trying to foster that and let them know that things happen. >> reporter: bob has two children that go to lakeshore school. >> it's unbelievable. i mean, there's no -- you know, i try to not have avoidance be my main defense but in this case that's part of what i need to keep going. >> reporter: he and his wife made sure their kids knew the shooting in connecticut was an isolated incident and didn't go into much detail. coping with last week's devastating tragedy has parents and teachers across the country reaching out for help. >> all the parents were very scared, you know, wherever you are but, you know, there's a lot of kids involved. >> reporter: san francisco unified school district along with others in the bay area say we are all grieving together.
>> as educators our hearts are broken and we are most definitely thinking of our colleagues in newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: the district will offer counselors to students, families and educators dealing with trauma and stress. >> across the city, you're going to see and you're going to experience and our schools are going to experience just coming together, looking out for each other, trying to identify who needs a little extra support today. and just looking out for one another today. >> reporter: the superintendent says the counselors and extra resources will be on hand for as long as they're needed. now, as for safety measures, i did ask the superintendent if there are were any changes planned in the future. he told me that they are always looking at ways to improve safety and the focus will be on reinforcing the current plan so that everyone knows what to do just in case. reporting live in san francisco, brian, back to you. >> cate caugiran, thank you. well, mental health was likely a factor in friday's tragedy. the big issue people want to talk about now is also gun
control. some americans say the answer is tighter regulations. others strongly disagree. but either way, it is an issue we can definitely expect to see heated debate about in the very near future. >> guns are in the wrong hands, very dangerous. >> i don't think that taking guns out of civilians who are good contributing members of society is the answer. >> reporter: it's been a heated issue for as long as anyone can remember. >> guns don't kill people. people kill people. >> if one of those teachers, one of them, a faculty member, a janitor, a gun, bam! he would have killed -- nothing compared to what he was capable of doing. you have to allow us to protect yourselves! >> reporter: would a ban on even some guns have done anything to prevent what happened in connecticut? not many americans think so, not even members of congress. but what most of them can agree on in the wake of the school shooting is that the issue
needs to be dealt with. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: an emotional president obama says it's inexcusable not to do more. >> no single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. but that can't be an excuse for inaction. >> reporter: assault weapons were band in the u.s. until 2004. today california's dianne feinstein says she's already working on new legislation that would ban them again. >> it will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession, not retroactively but prospectively, and it will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets. >> and pundits say friday's tragedy may have been a tipping point for the issue. there are long-time opponents to gun control and gun rights
activists who say now is the time to consider reasonable restrictions even including lifetime n ra member senator joe manchin of west virginia. the newtown shooting may have prompted many gun owners in the bay area to turn in their wells. over the weekend san francisco and oakland had gun buy-back events. more than 600 guns were turned in too police officers. gun owners got $200 in exchange. the event was so popular the officers had to give out ious. both locations saw crowds twice as large as expected. and in headlines around the bay area, san francisco police are looking for three suspects in a home invasion robbery. the men charged into the home in the 1600 block of sloat boulevard about 2:00 in the morning. police say the family was tied up and robbed. the suspects got away with about $500 in cash. but nobody was hurt. and a plan to make berkeley a "no drone" zone goes up for a vote this week. the city council is expected to
take up the issue tomorrow. drones, unmanned aircraft, are used by the department of homeland security to watch over u.s. ports and international borders. the fbi and about a dozen police and sheriff's departments also have them but critics say that the drones are an invasion of privacy. coming up, they jumped into action to save the life of a baby born on the streets of san francisco. >> those two police officers are being hailed as heroes. they share their emotional stories coming up. >> and a breakthrough in the "fiscal cliff" face-off. which side seems to be giving in as they work toward a compromise. >> not a big storm but a soggy start to the day. things are going to start to clear out. we could be in for a cold night. we'll talk about that coming up. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
may avoid the dreaded "fisc cliff." president obama and house speaker well, the nation's capital, there's a soon of hope that we may not step off the "fiscal cliff." president obama and house speaker john boehner have been discussing a new deal this morning. they met for about 45 minutes. boehner offered a new plan in which taxes on people making more than a million dollars a year will go up. what he wants in return is the president to agree to a trillion dollars in spending cuts. meanwhile, president obama's re-election will be made official today as electoral college members gather in the 50 states to cast votes and those votes of course are based on the november general election results. the obama biden ticket has 332 votes compared with 206 for the romney/ryan team. you may want to avoid the post office today. they are saying to expect super long lines. it should actually be the busiest mailing day of the year. the u.s. postal service is predicting a 20% increase in
package deliveries this holiday season compared to last year. a bay area newborn who nearly didn't make it now has his entire life ahead of him and the baby boys has two san francisco police officers to thank for it. cbs 5 reporter elissa harrington on how those officers were honored today. >> reporter: this started as a welfare check but quickly turned into a life-or-death situation when these two officers found a brand-new baby boy abandoned on an san francisco street. these are the two officers, matt cloud and steve gritch, both from the bayview department. at 2 a.m. they were called about a woman bleeding outside the providence shelter on third and mckinnon. when they approached they didn't find the woman but, instead were flagged down by a man cradling a newborn baby. that baby was not responsive. these officers are both fathers and knew that the baby wouldn't make it if they didn't act.
the ambulance they called could take 15 minutes to arrive so instead officer cloud drove to the hospital while officer grit ch performed cpr. >> having two young children i know what a baby should look like when it's first born and this baby, there was no movement, no screaming, no crying. >> as we were driving there, i wasn't really worried about it yet, you know, i was kind of focused on it. when we got here, i lost it. >> and the baby is okay. he was treated at san francisco general hospital. as for the mother, she was later found and also treated and will likely be charged with abandonment. these officers are being hailed as heroes and they both cried after it was all over because of how emotional it was. stories like these are amazing to hear. in san francisco, elissa harrington, cbs 5. i have been sneaking a peek
of lawrence's high-def doppler radar. >> you will be okay out the door. kind of a slow-moving weak storm system outside right now. lots of clouds with hi-def doppler picking up more of that rainfall. you can see just some weak bands a lot of low-level moisture pushing through with this system but the scattered showers continuing especially into the south bay. check it out. your hi-def doppler zooming in there toward morgan hill along the 101, san jose southward. you can see the scattered light showers this time although if you are out on the roads making for a mess early on this morning and that continues right now. now, looks i like to will dissipate toward the afternoon still a lot of cloud out there now but a couple of sunny breaks, too. temperatures not bad. 57 degrees in concord, 55 degrees in livermore right now, 53 and cool into san francisco and 55 degrees in san jose. cloud cover continuing into the east bay tonight. that will start to break up and looks like the showers will be winding down. now if these clouds clear out, it's going to be a very chilly my especially in the north and the east bay and then well, mostly dry into the middle of
the week but things change after that again. it looks like more storms on the horizon. but here comes your cold front passing through right now. it's slowing moving through the south bay. once it moves out things will begin to dry out. but all that cold air is going to park in over the bay area the next couple of days. let's see if we can time this out a little bit. you can see the moisture moving through the south bay on our computer modem. through the afternoon hours, still some passing clouds outside. there's a chance of a wandering shower into the afternoon but things really beginning to wind down heading further and further to the south. tonight we start to clear things out and begin to dry it out just a bit. couple of clouds along the coastline, maybe a scattered light shower but not much for tuesday. so after today i think we dry things out more so and then looks like some cold temperatures coming our direction. numbers this afternoon, only in the 50s and low 60s. we will keep you on the cool side toward the afternoon but this is the beginning of much cooler weather. overnight lows if we don't see those low clouds tonight it will be near freezing in the north bay. 33 degrees in the napa and
santa rosa and 34 in livermore. 30s and 40s around the bay and i think a colder night toward wednesday morning. temperatures around the bay area cool the next couple of days and then looks like a chance of rain returning to the bay area as we get in toward thursday and friday. in fact, things are going to stay very unsettled as we look toward the remainder of the week. it is time for "food for bay area families." we have a couple of special guests here. we have ezra garrett and sherri freeman. thank you for joining us today. very big special presentation today. pg&e wants to help out with "food for bay area families." >> yup. absolutely. thank you, lawrence and to the entire cbs 5 family for having us. at pg&e, we're very grateful for our long-standing partnership with the san francisco food bank dating back to the 1980s when we donated the land that the food bank was built on and then all the way up to 2012 where we work with your staff where we send out
hundreds of volunteers to send out to help. >> we have a special check. what did you bring? >> on behalf of pg&e and our volunteers we wanted to share with you this ceremonial check for $125,000 representing our contribution to the "food for bay area families." >> thank you very much. thank you so much for both of you coming down. that means a lot to you, sherri? >> thank you so much on behalf of the food bank in the san francisco and marin county food banks, we're so grateful for what you've done. this is such a generous gift. >> if you would like to donate at home, go to our website, cbssf.com/food. click on "food for bay area families" and you can share if you would like to do that. that's the latest from here. coming up at noon, a simple way to boost your brain power allegedly by 50%. >> i know. i should have done this earlier. why it could be as simple as going outside. >> that's suspicious. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
component in vaccines. tive in today's healthwatch, the american academy of pediatrics is endorsing the use of a controversial component in vaccines. the preservative contains mercury. critics are concerned it could be linked to autism. researchers say 15 years of data shows that's not the case. and a walk outside can do wonders for your brain.
researchers of the university of utah found that leaving your laptop switching off your smartphone and taking a walk in nature can help boost your brain power as much as 50%. that's a lot. but a short walk won't do it. experts say it takes about 4 days away from technology for your brain to get that boost. >> i'm going to use my brain power to express skepticism about that. double your brain? but we know this. persimmons is a fruit that you might overlook at the grocery store. nevertheless, it's rich in nutrients that are good for you. fresh grocer tony tantillo shows us how to pick the right one. >> reporter: well, today's tip of the day is going to be is going to be with the hachia persimmon that you eat when they are soft almost like a water balloon. i never threw them, really, as a kid. but these are the ones you eat when they're soft. the smaller round variety, those are hard like an apple. let's talk about selection.
by the way these are the best with cookies. make sure they are nice and orange all the way around very important. and a lot of give to the touch. not too much. when you bring these persimmons home, store them on the counter and wait a few days. do not compromise. if you bite into them and they are still firm, now what happens. your mouth dries up for about a month! okay, for a couple of minutes. when they're nice and soft, the flavor is incredible and they're loaded with nutritional value especially vitamin a because of the color. persimmons. cookies and holidays, persimmons on the table. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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>> katie: that's the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard. you can't honestly expect me to believe that bill and brooke would do something like that. >> taylor: unfortunately, it's true. when you were going through your postpartum depression, your husband and your sister kissed. >> katie: (sighs) (knock on door) >> brooke: is this a bad time? >> bill: never for you. >> brooke: i couldn't stop thinking about our conversation, what you said about taylor. now i know i dismissed it, but then, it is taylor. so i need to know exactly what she said. >> bill: it's not what she said